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chris phillips -
Subject: Good Times
Jerry was (very) low key compared to 9/12 and it suited the afternoon finale.
TLMD, LIG and GDTRFB are exemplary.
The Greeks were best in 1981 by a mile.
This was the ultimate outdoor venue for Grateful Dead.
Great show, but on this SBD Garcia's guitar is quite buried in the mix.
Subject: After Terrapin
One more add to Purple Gel. As I remember it, it was Phil who took off his bass and started limping towards backstage when Brent went into Never Trust A Woman. Then he kind of said, "What the heck", limped back to his amp and started playing. I remember wondering what was wrong with his leg - because he wasn't limping during the first set. But he *crushed* Never Trust.
Another thought about this run. It seemed to me like the first set of Friday was kind of probing around, getting a reading of the Greek and breaking through the veil. They took off and hit escape velocity during the second set. Saturday was one long continuity - four major jams in the first set (shakedown, Bird Song, Cassidy & China>Rider) - every two songs was a couplet. And then the Scarlet > Fire opening the second was in a whole other world - totally fluid, liquid, and one of a kind. This energy continued through even CC Rider, and then the Estimated > Eyes opened up again. Easily one of the top five shows I've ever seen the boys play. Sunday's first set maintained the energy of Saturday - and then the second set was good old party time - time to finally come down from the three-day trip. Huge weekend. They really need to release this run as a box set.
This was my return to The Grateful Dead shows after two years in the hospital and rehap. What a great show they put on "for me" as a welcom back celibration. I felt like it was for me because they were playing all the songs that fit together seamlessly. The fans were on their feet throughout the show without sitting down except for the break. It was a beautiful day and sitting on the rocks with my shirt off getting the setting sun was exceptional. I haven't been to a show quite like this one and I've been to around 300 shows. I drove Garcia when i had my limousine service for ten years and every time I was back stage I got dosed! What a time it was.
Subject: bay be haven yourself
Damn thats a good Samson opener. No fear or hesitation as they demolish the first few bars, then Bobby comes in with just the right amount of stuff, real reserved like. He tries that hundred pounds of fury crap way to often. Here he gets you coming and going, cheers tender foot!
Just a few more thoughts to add to Purple Gel's great review. First Jerry was done and heading backstage after he finished Terrapin. Brent started playing and signing NTAW. Jerry actually walked back and strapped his guitar on again. He even raised hi eyebrows seemingly a little surprised that Brent asserted himself.
During space Mickey played the beam and made the air shake at the Greek. And everyone danced and watched the sun set over the bay as the boys played a rousing version of Satisfaction.
As we were leaving the venue through campus there was a wired out nearly naked hippie shouting. "F**K Led Zeppelin F**K The Who etc etc. There is only rock band in the world.. The Grateful F..ing Dead!" And no one argued...
Purple Gel -
Subject: Best Source for a Great Show!
This is a show that has not received much notice. Mainly, I think, because until recently there were no solid sources for it. The version that was previously available was tinny and Phil was totally washed out.
This was the third night of a phenomenal run. Each night had it's unique feel. The 11th was a kind of spacey, classic night time Dead show. The 12th was balls out straight ahead jamming, and this show was a nice mellow afternoon affair. this was the first time the Dead had played the Greek since the late 60's.
The Jack Straw > Bertha opener set the tone for a great afternoon in the Bay Area fall sunshine. Highlights from the set include a very nice To Lay Me Down, A great Pasenger with Jerry just attacking his slide guitar, Ramble On> Let It Grow.
Set 2 was pretty epic, 7 songs before the drums, including Cold Rain > Samson to get us dancing right off the top.Roses was a nice interlude and LS>ST was real nice. Terrapin hit the spot ( even though Jerry could not remember the words out of the jam and went around 3 times before Bobby leaned over and whispered the words to him) and slipped nicely into Never Trust A Woman. After drums was just one classic after another with no break for a Jerry Slow Ballad. The closest they came was the wheel, followed by a short rocking Miracle > a rollicking GDTRFB> Sugar Mag. Satisfaction>Brokedown summed up the day very nicely.
This is the source to get for an underrated show that will satisfy you quite nicely.